Picked up the press release last night. Seems to be for a good cause – the recovery of New Zealand and the Christchurch region after the tragic earthquake of February 22.
Specifically this is aimed at the tourist industry and independent travelers. The aim is saturation blogging on March 20, 21 and 22 promoting New Zealand as a travel destination. The web site describes the promotion as :
“Blog4NZ is a grassroots blogging and social media effort to support New Zealand travel in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake.
It is a worldwide blogging event happening on March 21-23, 2011 and you can be a part of it.”
If you are interested, want to contribute a blog post or publicise the event contact details are at:
The face book page is: Blog4NZ – Blog for New Zealand on Facebook.
And you can follow on twitter using the tag # blog4nz
The world is in shock that one of the premium travel destinations in the world could suffer such a natural disaster as happened two weeks ago in Christchurch. And while all our thoughts go out to those people who have lost loved ones, lost homes and businesses, travel bloggers around the world are uniting to tell the world New Zealand is a great place to travel and there is no better time than now.
March 21, 22, and 23 has been set aside by travel bloggers throughout the world as 72 hours of content generation about travelling to New Zealand. #Blog4NZ is the brain-child of New Zealand travel bloggers Jim McIntosh and John Reese. John himself living in Christchurch. ’We want a total black-out of travel content across the world, we want Twitter dominated by Tweets about travelling to New Zealand, we hope that all travel bloggers rally behind this cause and publish as many articles as possible throughout this period about travelling to New Zealand’ said event organiser Craig Martin of Indie Travel Media.
’New Zealand is one of the world’s greatest travel destinations and has been a great source for many travel bloggers and travel entrepreneurs. For many northern hemisphere countries it is the furthest most spot they can travel. It has been the place where so much innovation has come with regard to travel — the home of Bungy, the birth place of hop-on hop-off backpacker travel, NZ led the way in independent hostels throughout the eighties and nineties. It is also a country where tourism is the number one contributor to GDP, where the Minister of Tourism is the PM — that is how important tourism is. This is the travel community saying hey go to NZ — if there is one place that should be on your travel list this year it is NZ’ said Dan Roberts of Travel Generation. ’This is something that as the travel community we can do to support not only all the businesses in Christchurch but everyone in New Zealand.’